Oral history interview with Howard Thomas and Harold Wescott

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.thomas65
Creators:
Thomas, Howard, 1899-1971
Doud, Richard Keith
Wescott, Harold, 1911-
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Dates:
1965 June 3
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
14 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Howard Thomas and Harold Wescott conducted 1965 June 3, by Richard Doud, for the Archives of American Art. They speak of their professional backgrounds and early affiliations with the Public Works of Art Project; their involvement with the WPA Handicraft project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the project's effect on the community; the political effect; Milwaukee as an art center; the effect of the WPA on artists' careers; and government support for the arts. Wescott recalls Frank Lloyd Wright.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Howard Thomas (1899-1971) and Harold Wescott (1911-) were art administrators with the Public Works of Art Project and the Milwaukee Handicraft Project.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3949 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 4 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Federal aid to the arts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Public Works of Art Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Works Progress Administration Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milwaukee Handicraft Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Federal Art Project (Wis.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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